Collaborating Tourism Associations
The following organizations have signed an agreement with the Rainforest Alliance, formally announcing their commitment to the advancement of improving environmental, economic and sociocultural business practices in the tourism industry.
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is a global membership organization of more than 800 tourism businesses, destinations and media who seek to transform customers and businesses alike into advocates for sustainability and justice worldwide. Its members include tour operators, tourism boards, specialty travel agents, guides, accommodations, media and service providers. The Rainforest Alliance has been a member since 2008.
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices and promotes the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. The Rainforest Alliance is a founding member of the GSTC and our tourism verification program follows its standards.
Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance
The Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance aims to create an integrated regional approach to sustainable tourism certification initially in southern and east Africa with stakeholders from other African countries encouraged to participate as a means of broadening the scope of the Alliance over time. The Rainforest Alliance joined the Alliance in 2013.
CEGESTI is a non-profit organization that offers services in environmental management, management systems, social responsibility and entrepreneurial development. CEGESTI is working together with the Rainforest Alliance in order to encourage sustainable procurement and sustainable travel in Central America.
The Costa Rican Professionals in Tourism Association (ACOPROT)
ACOPROT is a nonprofit organization representing professionals that have received a university degree in tourism or who work in this sector. The association has over 700 members.
Asociación Ecuatoriana de Ecoturismo
With 30 members, this association's misión is to promote conservation and responsable tourism. They have worked closely with the Rainforest Alliance in Ecuador on the best management practices program for the last four years.
Fundación Ambiente y Sociedad
Fundación Ambiente y Sociedad is a non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through rural community tourism.
Netherlands Development Organization (SNV)
SNV provides consultancy services in advocacy, knowledge brokering and funding mechanisms for the public, private and social sector in developing countries. They are working on an analysis of the Ecuadorian tourism industry and sources of funding for small and medium sized businesses.
The Guatemala Tourism Board is the authority regarding tourism in Guatemala. Its main objective is to promote, improve and develop domestic and inbound tourism, as well as introduce to the rest of the world the natural, cultural, historic and archeological beauties of Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan World. The Rainforest Alliance and INGUAT are working together to consolidate Guatemala as a sustainable tourism destination by driving measures that encourage ongoing support and responsibility towards nature and culture in the tourism industry.
The Guatemala Development Foundation (FUNDESA)
FUNDESA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating and implementing programs and projects that promote the sustainable economic and social development of Guatemala.
Nicaraguan Tourism Board
The Rainforest Alliance and the Nicaragua Tourism Board are working together to continually improve tourism in this country, with special emphasis on the making the industry more sustainable.
Planeta Sostenible is a reference platform providing promotion and marketing assistance for sustainable & eco-friendly tourism services to consumers in Spain.
Other Affiliated Organizations
Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism (UNEP)
International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (UNEP)
Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE, Denmark)
International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA, Ecuador)
National Chamber of Ecotourism (CANAECO, Costa Rica)
National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR, Costa Rica)
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)